Summer is a time for fun in the sun, hanging out with friends and no homework for kids, but it has also more recently become known for another more serious reason.
According to data analyzed by the National Safety Council (NSC), the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers.
If you or someone you loved was injured in an accident where a distracted teen was at fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call our committed auto accident attorneys in Tulsa to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from Memorial Day to Labor Day in 2012, more than 1,000 people died in car accidents that involved teenage drivers. Of that number, more than half of those killed were teens.
The NSC claims that one reason for the spike in deaths is that teens are travelling along more roads that they may not be as familiar with as they travel to the beach, lakes, and other new destinations.
Though this most likely does play some role, the organization places the most blame on the fact that teens are driving with friends in the car who can be extremely distracting.
According to a recent study conducted by the North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, when there was loud conversation in a vehicle, teen drivers were six times more likely to need to make corrective actions like evasive maneuvers to avoid an accident.
When horseplay was involved, teens were three times more likely to be involved in a similarly serious situation.
Teen drivers who are new to the road and not used to driving behind the wheel should be aware of the risks that passengers can present while driving.
If you are involved in an accident with a teen driver, our experienced Tulsa personal injury attorneys can investigate your claim and determine the best course of legal action for your situation.